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NATIONALS: Michael Morse Shut Down For Six Weeks After Injury

By ZAC BOYER | zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

Michael Morse, who aggravated a strained latissimus dorsi muscle while on rehabilitation in Single-A Hagerstown on Monday, will be completely shut down for six weeks before resuming baseball activities, Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Thursday before the team’s home opener against Cincinnati.

Morse originally pulled the muscle in a spring training game March 6 and was expected to return to be in the lineup for the Nationals’ home opener. Because of the nature of the injury, surgery is not an option, and Morse will simply have to wait it out.

“We tried to ramp him up, get him ready as quickly as we could because he’s a big part of our lineup,” Rizzo said. “And we just re-aggravated it, so now we’re going to have to be ultra-cautious and make sure that he’s right for the majority of the season.”

Morse hit .303 last season and had 31 home runs and 95 RBIs in 146 games, all team-highs. He signed a two-year, $10.5 million contract extension in January.

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